Lu Xun and Evolution

Lu Xun and Evolution

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This book studies one of the most important figures in modern Chinese intellectual history, China's greatest modern writer, Lu Xun (1881-1936). His trenchant criticisms of the China of his day still speak directly to what can be called, without hyperbole, the current crisis in philosophical and political thought in the People's Republic. It is also a study of a non-Western intellectual's struggle--in a time of crisis--to make practical sense of the "Darwinian Revolution," a revolution not limited to the West. Although Lu Xun died more than sixty years ago, his work is still alive in China (more so than any American writer of the 1920s and 1930s is in the United States). He is viewed paradoxically as both an official icon and as a patron saint of dissent. This book is, therefore, about Lu Xun both in his lifetime and in his second lifetime--and it looks to his third. But it is not just about Lu Xun. It is about Lu Xun and evolution. As a philosophical critique of Lu Xun's thought, it looks to Lu Xun's struggle to make practical sense of evolution, a contradiction that forces "either/or" questions on the Chinese, and on us all.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 249 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 521.64g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791436470
  • 9780791436479

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"This is a very courageous interpretation of Lu Xun, the most important and influential literary and social critic of modern China. Pusey takes the reader through a careful reading and discussion of Lu Xun's works and scholarship about him to establish 'the real Lu Xun' in contrast to the one enshrined in official Chinese ideology since the mid-1930s. To establish Lu Xun's relationship to Darwinian thought, Pusey also analyzes not only the writings of Darwin but also such thinkers as Ernst Haeckel, Konrad Lorenz, Stephen Jay Gould, and Edward O. Wilson who have constructed various 'ethics' upon Darwinian assumptions. No one knows as much about Darwinism in China as Pusey and he puts it to good use here." -- Hoyt Cleveland Tillman, Arizona State University
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About James Reeve Pusey

James Reeve Pusey is Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at Bucknell University. His previous work includes China and Charles Darwin and Wu Han: Attacking the Present Through the Past.
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